PBS News Weekend

Season 10, Episode 35 of 99

An estimated 2,000 homeless people live in the heart of Los Angeles, a city known for its wealth. Los Angeles is home to some of the most desirable zip codes in the country, but a recent report released by United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty looked at a 50-block section of the city called Skid Row. For decades, the area has been synonymous with crime and poverty, and an estimated 2,000 homeless people now live there in the heart of the wealthy metropolis. In the second of a three-part series following the findings of the U. N. report, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Skid Row to explore why extreme poverty continues to endure in America. This story is part of an ongoing series called "Chasing the Dream," which reports on poverty and opportunity in America.

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